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Ballooning Plate: C.1687-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Ballooning Plate


Pottery: Unidentified Lambeth Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow,and manganese-purple

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed pale greenish-grey and painted in blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple. Circular with a narrow sloping rim, shallow sloping sides and flat centre. The middle is decorated with a hot-air balloon in the sky over a house, trees, and a fence. The rim has a border of green festoons with manganese pendants between them, blue floral sprays, and a blue feathered edge.


History note: Purchased from the Cambridge dealer Mr Freeman, in May 1889 for 12s. 6d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23.2 cm
Height: 3.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1784 CE - 1786 CE


Probably made at Lambeth, at either the Lambeth High Street or Glasshouse Street potteries. The scene was probably inspired by Vincenzo Lunardi's flight from Moorfields in London in 1784 or several which he made from St George's Fields, Southwark in 1785.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

greenish white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Tin-glazed earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed pale greenish-white, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple high temperature (oxide) colours; the glaze on the reverse is greenish-grey and there are three peg marks on the back of the rim

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1687-1928
Primary reference Number: 72454
Old object number: 1005
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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